With its quiet roads amidst fields of lavender, fine wines to taste, and wonderful food to eat, the Provence region of France is heaven on earth for the itinerant cyclist. Beginning in the village of Vaison le Romaine, we will cycle routes that will include the region’s market towns, wine-making villages and medieval cities. We’ll taste wine in centuries old caves, see Roman antiquities, visit hill-top castles steeped in history and stroll markets at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and others. We’ve been coming here for 20 years and can say there are few places as welcoming to those on a bicycle as this enchanting area of France.

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • A ride you will never forget: cycling the wine route through Seguret, Gigondas and Vacqueras
  • Order off the menu at restaurants you won’t find in guidebooks.
  • Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.

Location

Avignon

Avignon, France

Starting Location

Vaison-la-Romaine

Vaison-la-Romaine, France

Day 1-2

Mazan

Mazan, France

Day 3-4

Gordes

Gordes, France

End Location

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
6 nights lodging
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
Detailed map and route instructions
All baggage transportation
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019

May 5-11
May 24-30
August 25-31
September 15-21
September 22-28

2020

May 3-9
May 22-28
August 23-29
September 13-19
September 20-26

Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day.Call or email for details.

TRIP SIZE

8-16 participants

TOTAL DAYS

7 days/ 6 nights with 6 days cycling (arrival night hotel is included)

ARRIVE / DEPART

Vaison/Avignon

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate
20-40+ miles daily

Van supported

TERRAIN

3 days gently rolling, 3 days are oderately rolling.

COST

Land Cost (current year):
US $2950
Includes 6B/2L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $740

Bike Rental:
US $180

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

Avignon is easily reached from Paris. We meet at the Avignon TGV Station.


1

Day 1-2

Vaison la Romaine

Our guides will greet you at the Avignon TGV train station at 11:20 upon your arrival from Paris. From there our guides will whisk you away to Vaison la Romaine where a picinic lunch awaits. Afterwards, we will hit the bikes and ride a warm up loop of some nearby vineyards ,arriving back in Vaison in the late afternoon. There we can visit the Roman ruins and then enjoy a welcome wine reception at the hotel before dinner at a local restaurant. Next day, we will set off on bikes on a delightful ride to Entrechaux which nestles around a hilltop castle in ruins and Mollans-sur- Ouvèze clusters around a high-arched bridge marked on each side by a tower and a tiny chapel.

2

Day 3-4

Mazan

Tuesday is market day in Vaison (one of the largest and oldest in France). After Vaison, wind your way among the wine villages of the Dentelles de Montmirail, stopping to explore Sablet, Gigondas, and Vacqueyras. Séguret is an artists’ colony with charming shops and galleries. Spend the night in Mazan at a charming chateau with extensive grounds and large pool. Dinner will be at a restaurant that is one of our favourites in the region. Next day, ride across the flank of Mont Ventoux (climbing the summit is an option), a loop to Bedoin and Monieux and back via an extraordinary descent of the Gorge du Nesque. It is one of our favourite rides in all of France.

3

Day 5-6

Cabrieres-d’Avignon/Gordes

From Mazan, ride south through the pretty villages of Saint-Didier and La Roque-sur-Pernes to exquisite Fontaine de Vaucluse, then to the beautiful Luberon Valley. Next day, ride a magnificent loop to Gordes, a stunning perched town with artists’ studios, cozy cafés and arcaded medieval lanes. Discover the red shades of Roussillon and find the ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade at Lacoste. We’ll finish the trip with a celebratory cooking course and dinner at our charming hotel. It will be an evening you may never forget.

4

Day 7

Transfer to Avignon for trains onward.

Hôtel Beffroi, Vaison-La-Romaine

Located in the medieval village, this chateau features lovely gardens and a pool. It is in one of the most beautiful 16th century mansions in the Old City of Vaison; you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.


Chateau de Mazan, Mazan

Located in a small village, this 18th century mansion boasts large guest rooms, a gourmet restaurant and large outdoor swimming pool.


Bastide de Voulonne, near Gordes

In the heart of the Luberon, this welcoming hotel is our idea of luxury. With a large outdoor heated swimming pool and a superb restaurant, enjoy the peace and tranquilty of this property. Recommended by Guide de Charme.



			

Trip Reviews

September 23, 2012

Overall I would rank it up with one of the best trips we have ever had, everything from the hotels, food, destinations, equipment, guide were all top shelf. We can’t wait to do another one!!!

September 23, 2012

Best trip ever! Scenery, cycling, food, accommodation and the people. Planning my next trip!!

September 12, 2016

“Spectacular scenery, perfect weather, fantastic food and accommodations.”

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